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Principal for a Day

posted Jan 13, 2015, 8:57 AM by Greg Shull
Cleveland County Schools recently hosted its 1st Annual Principal for a Day allowing community members to take the reins at schools to see what it is like to be a school administrator. 

Today’s educational arena requires school principals to think fast, move faster, and make decisions with poise and precision. As LeVar Burton would say in every episode of Reading Rainbow, “Don’t’ take my word for it.” Cleveland County Schools brought in outside leaders to experience the day-in-the-life of a school principal. 

Dr. William Dixon, CCS’ Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, organized the experience to give community members a first-hand perspective of the decisions and responsibilities principals face daily. Alongside school principals, the participants were able to tour schools, monitor hallways, greet parents and students, deliver morning/afternoon announcements, read with students, attend professional development, meet with teachers, eat lunch with students, observe teachers and students in classrooms, and more. 

“We want to make a conscientious effort to involve business-, community-, and faith-based leaders in our schools,” says Dr. William Dixon. “With increasing issues and challenges in public education, it is important that we involve as many stakeholders as possible for continous improvement.” 

Numerous school districts across the nation use the “Principal for a Day” program to build relationships between schools and business/community leaders. The intent of the program is to strengthen schools through long-lasting community-based partnerships. 

“This program allowed me as a leader to truly understand and appreciate the leadership skills necessary to be an effective school administrator,” said, Tammy Scruggs, Vice President at Fifth Third Bank of Shelby. “I’d recommend this program to any leader in the community and appreciate Dr. Dixon’s vision in creating this opportunity to make these community connections.” 

The 2015 participants are as follows: 

  • Ted Alexander - Director, Preservation North Carolina (Boiling Springs Elementary) 
  • Christina Auch - Pastor, Ascension Lutherian Church (Jefferson Elementary) 
  • Tim Blackwell - President, Personnel Services Unlimited (Shelby High) 
  • Paul Bridges - Owner, Boiling Springs Property Mgt. (Springmore Elementary) 
  • Cameron Corder - CEO, Cleveland County YMCA (Township Three Elementary) 
  • Todd Currin - Vice President, State Employees Credit Union (Cleveland Early Coll.) 
  • Ann Dwyer - Education Reporter, The Shelby Star (North Shelby School) 
  • Rodney Gordon - Council Member, City of Kings Mountain (East Elementary) 
  • Stuart Hair - Assistant Director, Cleveland Co. Economic Development (West Elementary) 
  • Shannon Hovis - Executive Director, Ruby Hunt YMCA (Burns High) 
  • M. Lamont Littlejohn - Servant Pastor, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (Bethware Elementary) 
  • Bruce Mack - Corporate Training Director, Cleveland Community College (Shelby Middle) 
  • Sharon Martin - Outreach Coordinator, Hospice Cleveland (Crest High) 
  • Linda McKnight - Executive Director, Cleveland Vocational Ind. (Grover Elementary) 
  • Ken Mooney - Vice President, Cleveland Community College (Burns Middle) 
  • James Smith -Senior Pastor, Palmer Grove Baptist Church (Union Elementary) 
  • Stan Anthony - Mayor, City of Shelby (Graham Elementary) 
  • Alison Clark - Child Welfare Program Manager, DSS (North Elementary) 
  • Chris Gash - Social Worker, DSS (Fallston Elementary) 
  • Greg Grier - Social Work Supervisor, DSS (Kings Mountain High) 
  • Kale Henry - Controller, Pharr Technologies (Casar Elementary) 
  • Donnie Hughes - Manager, Aarons (North Shelby School) 
  • Tammy Scruggs - Vice President, Fifth Third Bank (Marion Elementary) 
  • Tony Tench - Pastor, First Baptist Church (James Love Elementary) 
  • William Thompson - Pastor, St. Peter Church (Kings Mountain Middle) 
  • Phil Wallace - General Manager, River Bend YMCA (Crest Middle) 
  • Dr. Steve Thornburg - President, Cleveland Community College (Turning Point) 
  • Audrey Whetten - Executive Director, Uptown Shelby Association (Shelby Int.) 
  • Phillis White - Executive Director, Communities in Schools (Washington Elementary) 
  • Denise Wright - Owner/Broker, Coldwell Banker Mountain View (Kings Mountain Int.)